While the Mid-South deals with early season severe weather and a mostly snowless winter, the Upper Midwest will get yet another dose of blizzard conditions and life-threatening cold this weekend.
This Blizzard Warning from North Dakota says it all. Even Chicago will struggle to get above zero (temperature – not wind chill) on Sunday. While the entire Upper Midwest will get 1-3 inches of snow this weekend, yet another storm is poised to bring significant accumulating snowfall to the region that has been hardest hit this winter, an area that extends from eastern IA, northern IL, and southern WI. Many of these places have received well over 200% of normal snowfall season to date.
For the Mid-South, the weather will be mostly quiet until early next week, when another rainfall opportunity comes our way. Current guidance suggests that this system will not have the potential for severe weather. Temperatures will fall below normal on Sunday as the arctic airmass skirts by to our north, but it will be a brief cooldown as Monday should be several degrees above normal as warm air advection kicks in ahead of the Tuesday storm.